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Shallow Grave (1994)

Three friends discover their new flatmate dead but loaded with cash.

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Victoria Nairn ...
Woman Visitor
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Male Visitor
Jean Marie Coffey ...
Goth
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Andy
Leonard O'Malley ...
Tim
David Scoular ...
Cash Machine Victim
Grant Glendinning ...
Bath Victim
Victor Eadie ...
Freezer victim
Robert David MacDonald ...
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The new flatmate of three preexisting roommates turns up mysteriously dead but in possession of a large sum of money. When the roommates decide to keep it for themselves, their action sets in motion a destructive chain of events that spiral out of control. Written by Anonymous

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The award winning thriller that'll bury you with laughs. See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for scenes of strong grisly violence, and for some language and nudity | See all certifications »

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10 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Petits meurtres entre amis  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£734,340 (UK) (20 January 1995)

Gross:

$2,881,508 (USA)
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Trivia

Danny Boyle claimed that Christopher Eccleston was so afraid of getting locked in a real-life mortuary for a scene, he had to ask a crew member to stand in the shadows and comfort the nervous actor. See more »

Goofs

When they are watching the home movie recored with their new camera there is a shot of Juliet and Alex in the bath, showing the very camcorder the clip is being filmed on. See more »

Quotes

[During the interviews for flat mates]
Juliet Miller: So this affair you're not having - is it not with a man, or not with a woman?
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear over images of the three main characters in happier times, ironically all laughing hysterically. See more »

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Featured in The Andrew Klavan Show: The Jimmy Kimmel Party (2017) See more »

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Happy Heart
Written by James Last and Jackie Rae
Performed by Andy Williams
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Vibrant and suspenseful
9 July 2005 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

A great modern thriller containing all the necessary ingredients of a decent suspense story: constantly growing tension, sly humor, and genuinely surprising plot twists. It's kind of like a 90s version of a Hitchcock flick (think "Rope"), and like somebody here wrote, once you start watching it you can't stop.

The plot is deliciously wicked. Just how far are you going to go for money? Will you kill for it? Are you willing to share it? Will you give up your best friends for it? How insane will a large amount of cash drive you? And in the end, and this is the most important question "Shallow Grave" rises, will it make you happy?

If there was any more violence in this movie it would turn disgusting, but Danny Boyle knows how to measure it just right. Though he doesn't quite reach the virtuosity of "Trainspotting" here, his trademarks are all present: the fast pace, the urban background beats, the enthralling camera angles and so forth.

The three leads are all great, but there's no question about who the movie belongs to: Ewan McGregor is energetic, powerful and photogenic in his portrayal of a young journalist. No wonder he became such a star.


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